I am desparate! My Nigerian dwarf doe,8 years old appears so bloated she may explode. I think gas is being produced faster than it can be expelled. I have monitored what she is allowed to eat for several days. She tends to overeat but, until the last week or so this was not a huge problem. I had to give her a bit of hay as she was starting to eat stuff right off the ground which I thot was worse! I have given her soda to help her burp and my partner is massaging her. She is incredibly uncomfortable and I am really scared for her. She cannot lay down. My vet won't get here til tomorrow at 3 pm. Is there anything I can do? (I am thinking she may have a blockage somewhere inside altho she has been pooping but not as much nor nearly. as often. Also her breathing is very laboured and fast.
Last Edit: Oct 21, 2019 20:27:35 GMT -5 by hollymoto
I apologize for the delay in responding. This board isn't as active as it used to be. How is your doe? Bloat can be caused by many things. Did she eat something she shouldn't have or overeat? What is her diet? Are you sure she isn't pregnant? While that may sound like a dumb question, it is relevant. Without knowing your background or level of experience with goats....or how long you have owned her, it is something to be considered.
Walking and massaging has saved one of my goats on more than one occasion when she was naughty and got into the feed bin. I had one that was too smart for her own good and knew how to open gate latches, etc.
Post by Bob Breese on Oct 22, 2019 18:41:26 GMT -5
Vegetable oil drench is sometimes necessary for stubborn cases. I hate to suggest an amount because I'm not familiar with Nigerians. Maybe about 25ml. Perhaps someone else can chime in. And do continue to massage and walk, preferably uphill, and occasionally rub throat.